Theatre Partnership Project
We are delighted that our ongoing theatre partnership continues this academic year 2021/22, bringing the arts and creativity to life at St Oswald’s. Mrs Neiland and Year 4 will be busy with the next stage of the project which will see them working with the Liverpool Empire Theatre and the National Theatre, to rehearse a specially commissioned play, Nurseryland Revolution, and later perform the play at the Let’s Play Festival 2022 at the Liverpool Empire.
History of the Project
At the end of the summer term 2018, the Head Teacher was delighted to learn that St Oswald’s school had been successful following a lengthy application process for schools in the Liverpool and Manchester areas, to become a ‘Matilda Champion School’ – an exciting programme inspired by Matilda the Musical, in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Manchester Palace & Opera House and The Liverpool Empire Theatre. The children in Year 5, along with Mrs Thomason and the Head Teacher, worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, regional directors, musical directors and choreographers to stage a specially commissioned performance of Matilda the Musical. The project was a great success and culminated in a run of four wonderful performances in the school in December 2018.
In autumn 2019, the school entered the second year of this exciting two year Arts project, working with the National Theatre and the Empire Theatre Liverpool to stage the play ‘Emil and the Detectives’. Working alongside Natalie Flynn, Creative Learning Manager of the Ambassador Theatre Group (of which the Empire Theatre is part), the children in the Year 5 class, Mrs Thomason, Mrs Brady and Miss Lennon, staged another successful, specially commissioned performance of ‘Emil and the Detectives’ – a play with song. The play was also later performed on the professional stage of the Liverpool Empire at the Let’s Play Festival in January 2020.
Through this Arts project we are delighted that St Oswald’s has been able to reach out to our parent and parish community and the wider community of Warrington.
This experience, since we began the journey in September 2018, has been wonderful and so enriching for the children who have worked on it; we are now excited to be involved again and look forward to sharing our latest work with you as the year and the project progresses.